The Ottawa Senators have traded centre Matt Duchene to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Duchene is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. He is the second-leading scorer on the Senators with 58 points (27 goals, 21 assists).
The trade comes before the Senators are scheduled to host the Blue Jackets at the Canadian Tire Centre, Friday.
Matt Duchene will play his first game for CBJ against the Senators tonight.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) February 22, 2019
The Senators are getting a package including prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson in return.
Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion says he tried to sign Duchene to a long-term contract before trading him.
The details:— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) February 22, 2019
To Ottawa: 2019 1st Round Pick. Vitali Abramov, Jonathan Davidsson and a conditional 2020 1st Round Pick.
To Columbus: Matt Duchene and Julius Bergman